As a Venezuelan I would like to comment on the “Venezuelan students keep protesting during holidays” article on March 1.
From the article it sounded like the ones affected by the current political crisis in Venezuela are the well-off. This is no true. Every Venezuelan has been affected by it.
Students have been killed or incarcerated for peacefully protesting for a better future. People in the slums are also affected. However, as much as the government would like to think that they are happy because of free rides they get in exchange for their support, there are many who share the same discontent as the middle class.
The main reason they don’t show any type of support for the protests is because they would have to face the “colectivos,” or the government’s armed criminals who through intimidation keep the slums quiet. Of course, there are the die-hard supporters of the government who because of the free rides keep defending it. Like the interviewed homemaker who said “…you have to work to survive.”
How can someone living in the slums get away being a homemaker? Venezuela needs the international community’s help. Doing a more objective news report, would be appreciated.
— Yipsi Flores de Schulz,